Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Thursday said the government has taken an initiative to send back around 11,000 foreigners who are staying in Bangladesh without valid documents.
He came up with the information while talking to journalists after attending a meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order at the secretariat. The authorities concerned enlisted around 11,000 foreigners who do not possess valid visas or passports, the minister said. He also said some of them are currently imprisoned for being involved in crimes.
Though their passports expired, they never tried to go back home. When the authorities concerned contacted the embassies of their respective countries in Dhaka to discuss the issue, the embassies did not respond. For that reason the government has taken an initiative to deport them back to their respective countries, Kamal added.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque echoed the Home Minister's call and said, "Our intelligence agencies have worked successfully to identify the illegal foreigners."
Minister Mozammel further said the process of sending back some foreigners seems to be complicated as there is no money in their possession. In addition, there are some countries that do not have embassies in Dhaka. The cabinet committee recommended allocation of some money regarding this, he added.
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